Hope, Help & Change in Action
Stories of Impact from 2019-2020
COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on housing security. With widespread unemployment, families who were already living paycheck to paycheck have had no way to pay rent. But with your support, Community Action has been a lifeline to the families hit hardest by this crisis.
To read more about the economic impact on families and how your support has helped, please view our 2019-2020 Impact Report.
After being homeless for three years, Kira and her kids finally got into an apartment. Then the pandemic hit, putting all that at risk.
Kira turned to us for help when she lost her job due to the pandemic and could not pay her rent. She was scared as she faced the prospect of becoming homeless. Because of donors like you, Kira received emergency rent assistance. Kira and her kids are now able to stay safe and secure in their home.
With your help, Head Start continues to support our most vulnerable kids
What do you do when you have over 900 low-income children relying on you for essential education and health services and you have to shut down all your classrooms? That’s what our Head Start program was facing back in March when the pandemic hit.
We knew that time away from the classroom meant lost educational opportunities for young children who were already at high risk. We also knew that the impact of the pandemic would hit our low-income families hard. But with your ongoing support, our Head Start staff were ready to adapt and find ways to continue to support these young kids and their families.
Thanks to donors like you, Tina’s unexpected car repairs didn’t derail her family’s progress
When Tina was faced with $2,000 of unexpected car repairs, she was at a loss. As a single mom of four boys including one with special needs, she had no other way to get them to their various therapy appointments. Fortunately, Tina was working with a Family Advocate at Community Action who helped her apply for funds from our donor supported Family Development Fund. With your donations, we were able to help Tina with her car repairs and keep her family on track.
Your support helped Patricia turn a devastating job less into a new career path
When Patricia lost her job, she also lost her apartment. She and her three children were facing homelessness and she fell into a depression. Fortunately, because of donors like you, Patricia was able to turn to Community Action and find the support she needed to get back on her feet. And she is thrilled to have also found a new, more rewarding career path in health care.
Facing an uncertain future of being able to remain safely in their home, John and Ruth found help and hope at a critical time
John and Ruth were a semi-retired couple living on a fixed income and caring for an elderly parent. With limited finances and aging appliances, the couple struggled to keep their house warm – and faced an uncertain future of being able to safely remain in their home. Because of your support, Community Action’s Energy Conservation program was able to provide John and Ruth’s home with the right upgrades and repairs – giving the couple help and hope at a critical time.
Facing homelessness with her daughter, Stephanie found the help she needed at Community Action
Stephanie was doing things the right way – she was working, maintaining good credit, and had a great rental history. But with rapidly rising housing costs she was priced out and homeless. She and her young daughter Teja would pack and move their belongings every day for six months. Read how, with help from Community Action, Stephanie regained stability in her life that enabled herself and Teja to thrive.
Her stay in the family shelter was brief, but the impact was long lasting
Jennifer was a single mom facing the unthinkable - sleeping on the streets with her 12 year-old daughter. Her options were running out, and she didn't know what to do. Fortunately she found the help she needed in our family shelter. Learn how having a safe place to live empowered Jennifer to turn her energy toward a long-term solution.
Your support helped make Lynne’s home safer, healthier, and energy efficient
Lynne, a senior on a fixed income, suffered in her cold house for 13 years. After years of trying to make do with space heaters, blankets, and fleece for her ears and nose, her health began to suffer. She decided to seek help. Because of your support, Community Action’s Energy Conservation program was able to do what was needed to restore heat to her home. To read more about how this support impacted Lynne’s life, click the link below.